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🌤️ Wake Me Up When September Ends

Dig into our take on NIMBYism and learn about the BHP Xplor Global Accelerator Program in this weeks Nugget!


🌤️ Wake Me Up When September Ends

Summer has come and passed … Well, not quite. I’m not sure about you all, but for the Prospector team it feels like things are really starting to heat up! We recently had a great discussion on “NIMBYism” for our Monthly Roundup, and today we have two exciting webinars learning about the BHP Xplor program that you don’t want to miss! On top of that- fall conferences are starting, and those much anticipated drill results are flowing in! Grab your coffee and let’s dig in! 

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September 6th | 9am ET | 9pm AWST | GMT-4

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September 7th | 9am AWST | 9pm ET | GMT+8

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